Hollings wants box screening technology audit

Hollings wants box screening technology audit

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., requested a report by the General Accounting Office to assess the technologies used to screen containers at U.S. ports.

Hollings directed the GAO to consider four areas: technology to ensure the integrity of container seals; equipment to improve the ability to track and monitor containers and their contents; efforts to improve technology for more thoroughly screening or x-raying the contents of containers; and how all such technologies complement or disrupt one another.

"We need insights into what technologies are in the pipeline and what incentives would promote their adoption," Hollings said in the letter released Wednesday. "We're in a war on terrorism and we need a new screening policy at our ports: don't trust, and verify."

Hollings was joined in the request by four other members: Democratic Sens. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, and Reps. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., and Bart Gordon, D-Tenn.

-- Andrew Beadle